Da quanto si capisce in questa intervista di extremetech.com a Phil Rogers, AMD starebbe preparando dei nuovi driver per le schede video ATI
ExtremeTech: The Vista driver, beginning with Catalyst 7.1, contains a “re-architected” OpenGL driver component. Exactly what is “re-architected” about it?
Rogers: Everything. This is a completely new driver, written from scratch in the last three years. The new OpenGL driver does re-use the same shader compiler as the previous driver. We actually use the same shader compiler in all our drivers: Direct3D, OpenGL and CTM. It is a policy, or at least a tradition, in our software group to write a new driver for each component about every 5-7 years.
ExtremeTech: Why make the switch in the Vista driver, and not the XP one? Can XP users expect to get this new re-architected driver in the future?
Rogers: The new OpenGL driver has been designed from the ground up for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux and internally we are running and testing it on all three (or six if you count the 64 bit versions). As we planned the transition to the new OpenGL driver, it did not make sense to port the previous OpenGL driver to Vista. So as Vista approached, it naturally became the launch vehicle for the new driver and its highest priority. The XP and Linux versions of this new OpenGL driver will ship later this year.
Sembra che i driver OpenGL verranno riscritti quasi completamente e nonostante sia data priorita’ a Vista (come si poteva intuire) verranno poco dopo rilasciati anche per XP e Linux, in cantiere c’e’ anche una nuova versione del catalyst control center
On the Linux front we will also be releasing a new version of the Catalyst Control Center quite soon
Spero per gli utenti ATI che questi driver funzinino meglio degli attuali e che quindi eliminino quel gap prestazionale che li separa da nvidia rendendo cosi’ l’esperienza Compiz/Beryl molto piu’ gratificante ;-)